Statement of National Right to Life Regarding the Importance of the Single-Issue Focus of the Right-to-Life Movement


WASHINGTON – The following may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

National Right to Life, its fifty state affiliates, and more than 3,000 local chapters, are single-issue organizations existing to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers observed that we are endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The right to life is the first and foremost of all human rights. It affects all other issues and without it, a person never gets the opportunity to exercise any other right. Simply put, without Life all other rights and issues are meaningless.

From time to time, people or organizations come along that encourage the right-to-life movement to take up the mantle of other issues by equating these issues with the paramount right to life.

The success the right-to-life movement has experienced over the past 40 years has depended on maintaining our single-issue focus on life.  By focusing on the single issue of life, we have been able to bring together a broad base of people – who may disagree on other important issues in our country, but who are dedicated to ensuring that the protection of our laws are extended to the most vulnerable members of society: the unborn, the elderly, the medically dependent and persons with disabilities.

The right-to-life movement provides a voice to the voiceless. To abandon this single-issue focus would be to abandon those who have no voice. National Right to Life remains committed to its work of protecting innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia, and invites all pro-life people to join us in our work.

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.